Meet an SFU Scientist Virtual Series – Spring 2022  

Meet an SFU Scientist is back this spring by popular demand on Wednesdays from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. via Zoom.

High school teachers: Please book your students or groups by emailing

Availability is first-come, first-served, and students can attend as many sessions as they want. SFU Science in Action will send an event invite containing a Zoom link in advance via email.

January 26, 2022 - “How Bird Behaviour Shapped my Life and Career Path”

Birds are incredibly diverse and occupy every habitat type on Earth. As a result, there is a lot of variation in their natural histories, including their foraging techniques, breeding behaviours and migratory patterns. Join biology MSc candidate Katie Leonard as she shares personal stories about conducting scientific surveys on birds and other species in different habitats and the challenges she faced on her journey from BSc to MSc.

February 2, 2022 - "Deciphering Genomes to Understand Familial Lymphoid Cancers"

A child inherits half of its DNA from its mother and a half from its father. Sometimes, mutated genes in the DNA are passed on from one generation to another in a family. In this session, Sneha Ralli, a biomedical physiology and kinesiology Ph.D. candidate, will discuss how learning which mutated genes are being passed on help us understand more about lymphoid cancers in families.

February 9, 2022 - “From Geoscience to Science Communication"

Eileen van der Flier-Keller of SFU’s earth sciences department will share her story, discussing choices that led to a career change from geology in Ireland to leading science communication and education opportunities here at SFU.

February 16, 2022 - “Sharing Our Food with Insects”

Growing fruits and vegetables can be challenging because insects are trying to eat our food. So, how do we control them?

February 23, 2022 - “The Key is in the Pee: Nutrient Cycling in Marine Ecosystems”

What do coral reefs and kelp forests have in common? Believe it or not, they both require animal pee to survive! Em Lim, a MSc student in biology at SFU, explains why animal pee is so important and how they ended up studying such a peculiar topic.

March 2, 2022 - “The Surprising Universe”

Our quest to understand the workings of the universe has not been short on surprises. Levon Pogosian, a professor in the department of physics, will discuss dark energy, dark matter and the unexpected discoveries that shaped our current understanding of the cosmos.

March 9, 2022 - “My MBB Journey from SFU and Back”

Lecturer Stephanie Vlachos’ journey started at SFU and has returned to SFU. She completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at SFU, and today she teaches six different courses in the department of molecular biology and biochemistry. Join Stephanie as she shares her unique perspectives and insights from years of inhabiting both sides of academia at SFU.

March 30, 2022 - “Magic of Mathematics”

In this session, we invite you to uncover the fun and engaging side of mathematics, a subject that some can find daunting at times. Saba Moshfegh of SFU’s math department will discuss how we encounter mathematics in our everyday lives and how math models and concepts can be applied in real situations. We promise — math can really be magical!

April 6, 2022 - “How Muscles can Dictate the Way we Move”

Muscles play a crucial role in driving our movements in many activities such as reaching and walking. However, muscle performance and function can vary due to their variability and complexity in architecture, composition, and material properties. Sabrina Lee, a lecturer in SFU’s Department of biomedical physiology and kinesiology, will discuss how the relationships between these muscle properties and function become even more critical when their function is impaired due to ageing or neurological impairments such as a stroke or cerebral palsy. In addition, this work assists with the development of imaging tools such as ultrasounds so clinicians can improve their diagnosis and assessment of patients and determine their optimal treatment.

April 20, 2022 - “Data and Data Scientists”

A few years ago, the Harvard Business Review magazine published an article entitled “Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century”. In this session, Dr. Jiguo Cao, the Canada Research Chair in data science and professor in SFU’s department of statistics and actuarial science, will give examples of what data scientists do and explain how to become a data scientist. 

April 27, 2022 - “Whole Number Solutions to the Pythagorean Theorem”

It’s a well-known fact that a triangle with side lengths 3, 4 and 5 must be a right triangle - because its sides satisfy the equation x^2+y^2=z^2. But, although other examples aren’t as famous, the 3,4,5 triangle is far from alone! There are many other right triangles whose sides have whole number lengths, and, in this session, Dr. Katrina Honigs of SFU’s mathematics department will share a visual approach to finding all of them. She will also discuss her path to becoming a mathematician and the connection between this problem and algebraic geometry, her field of study.

Science Inquiry Video Series

These videos were produced with School District 43 and are based on the "inquiry" method of teaching science. 

Click here for the Teacher's Guide to Exercise & Heart Rate

Click here for the Teacher's Guide to Starry Lights

Click here for the Teacher's Guide to Glaciers & Climate Change

To register your class for any of the workshops listed below, please email Workshops are free and offered via Zoom. 


Online lessons to do in your home or classroom for K-7


Online lessons to do in your home or classroom for Grades 8-12



Use common items found at home to fuel chemistry experiments! Each activity takes approximately 15 minutes, with the exception of No Peel Eggs. 

Note to parents/guardians: Adult supervision is required when handling a utility knife, scissors or hot glue gun